Oregon Mentoring Program

Chalkboard is a strong supporter of the Oregon Mentoring Program for Beginning Teachers and Administrators. The program exists to enhance the professional practice of all K-12 public school teachers and administrators in Oregon to increase student achievement.

We have helped secure State dollars for the program and continue to advocate for its funding because we know that teachers matter and leadership matters. We also know that mentoring matters.

  • Research studies have found 94% of mentored teachers remain in the profession after 7 years (compared to 50% nationally), with student achievement gains equal to those of experienced teachers.
  • In Oregon, 37 percent of teachers leave the profession within the first five years.
  • Losing teachers costs local districts $40 million a year and impacts student learning.
  • A majority of teachers in Oregon are over 45 and nearing retirement.
  • Getting and keeping good teachers should be a top priority for Oregon.
  • When new teachers are supported by comprehensive induction programs they perform at a higher level and their students achieve greater success.

Providing new teachers with support, resources, lessons learned from experienced teachers, coaching and guidance for the day-to-day challenges of classroom management and weathering a new school environment are vital and ultimately lead to student success. Principals and school administrators are faced with increasing responsibilities; innovative and dynamic leadership is needed today more than ever. The project seeks to develop an effective teaching force that is responsive to the diverse academic needs and cultural backgrounds of all students.


History of the Program

At the request of the Chalkboard Project and Stand for Children legislative champions Representative Arnie Roblan and Senators Richard Devlin, Bruce Starr, Betsy Johnson and Vickie Walker proposed legislation in 2007. These groups, along with the Oregon Department of Education, Education Service Districts (ESDs), the Oregon Education Association, Higher Education, the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), education associations, teachers, administrators, and community members worked together to advocate for a teacher and administrator mentoring program.

Legislation was signed into law on July 31, 2007 establishing Oregon’s Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentor Program. The program was designed to provide an experienced mentor to new educators in order to help them develop the leadership and teaching skills necessary to become confident and competent professional educators who make a positive impact on student learning.

Mentoring programs were selected through a statewide request for proposal review process. Mentoring programs in regions throughout Oregon were selected and carry out the program locally through mentor training classes.